For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:14:03 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb US Olympic official 'very supportive' of Qatari investment in sport Scott BlackmunBy David Owen
October 24 – A top United States Olympic official has offered encouragement for Qatar's emergence as a host of sports events, provided climate issues are adequately managed.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Qatar World Cup News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:58:01 +0100
Andrew Warshaw: Platini's grand Euro plan dumbfounds critics When UEFA president Michel Platini decided to expand the European Championship finals from 16 to 24 countries, starting in 2016 in his homeland, the purists threw their collective arms up in the air, screamed "Zut alors" - or far worse - and accused the Frenchman of being seriously misguided.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Andrew Warshaw Columnists Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:08:09 +0100 Romania's Craiova unveils €55m stadium design for Universitatea CS Universitatea CraiovaBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
October 24 - Romanian government authorities have unveiled the design of a planned stadium for top tier football club CS Universitatea Craiova.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:36:58 +0100
Court overturns Nigerian elections, Giwa is back, FIFA ban looms Nigeria shirt logoBy Mark Baber
October 24 - The Nigerian High Court sitting in Jos on Thursday held that the disputed September 30 elections for the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Board, in which Amaju Pinnick was elected President, were invalid, upholding the disputed August 26 election in which Chris Giwa was elected President.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:27:14 +0100
Both sanctioned as Serbia vs Albania walk-off row keeps running Serbia vs AlbaniaBy Andrew Warshaw
October 24 - In one of the most scrutinised judgments handed down in recent years, UEFA have effectively punished both parties for the politically-fuelled mayhem that caused last week's Euro 2016 qualifier between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania to be abandoned while goalless on 41 minutes after descending into chaos.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:54:18 +0100
Powar slams Russian anti-racism efforts and raises spectre of 2018 walk offs Piara PowarOctober 24 - Piara Powar (pictured), executive director or Football Against Racism in Europe and a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force, has added his voice to growing calls that Russia needs to stop paying lip-service to racism in the country and to tackle the problem head-on rather than from the current position of denial.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:44:04 +0100 Broadcast: Ekstraklasa launches free live app, Liverpool go HD Screen-Android-telefonOctober 24 – Poland's Ekstraklasa has launched a free app that will broadcast coverage of the matches as well as latest news and personalised updates from the league. The app is available on IOS and Android devices.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:06 +0100 Garber says Miami stadium is a must-have if MLS is to grant Becks franchise don garberOctober 24 - Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says an apparent lack of political will is hindering David Beckham's bid to set up a new franchise in Miami.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Football Americas World Football News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:16:28 +0100 Hoeness' Swiss banker feels long reach of the law in Poland Vontobel logoBy Andrew Warshaw
October 24 - A Swiss banker has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the €28.5 million tax evasion case that sent former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, one of Germany's most venerated footballing figures, to jail.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:52:57 +0100
Temperatures overheat in Ebola row foot platini hayatouBy Andrew Warshaw
October 23- An unsavoury tit-for-tat spat between the respective leaders of European and African football appears to have been resolved after threatening to get out of hand.
Uefa president Michel Platini reportedly demanded an apology after the Confederation of African Football, led by Issa Hayatou, criticised the Frenchman for interfering in the debate over whether to stage the Africa Cup of Nations because of the Ebola virus.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured World Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:26:28 +0100
UEFA opens doors to closed stadium sanction rethink  78445008 457604316By Andrew Warshaw
October 23 - UEFA are to review their policy of handing out behind-closed-doors sanctions to clubs guilty of misbehaviour following complaints that innocent away fans were unfairly penalised in Tuesday's Champions League clash between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:28 +0100
IFA storms Berlin and readies for IFA Zurich at FIFA House marcel schmid ifa 630By Paul Nicholson
October 23 – Marcel Schmid, the boss of boutique conference organiser International Football Arena, is feeling uncharacteristically happy. His Berlin conference taking place October 30, titled Football's Digital Transformation, is now full and closed to registrations. His main conference, IFA Zurich, which takes place December 3 at the House of FIFA, is rapidly gathering momentum.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured World Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:03:10 +0100
Brazil's Santos suffer World Cup blues as accounts bleed red RobinhoBy Ricardo Setyon
October 23 – Santos, one of the world's most iconic football clubs and the home team of Pele and more recently Neymar, is facing the battle of its life, perhaps even for its life. Expensive player acquisitions, dwindling attendances and 2015 TV money already spent, the club is in a desperate financial position despite currently sitting 7th in the Brasileirão.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured South America World Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:38:26 +0100
Premier League lifestyle fraud lands Kakuta imposter in court PAY-MAIN-Medi-Abalimba-Gael-KakutaOctober 23 - In a bizarre case of deliberate mistaken identity, an English lower-league professional footballer who fraudulently posed as a Premier League star in order to live a glitzy celebrity lifestyle has wound up in jail.
Medi Abalimba, a court in Manchester heard, went on a £20,000 shopping spree, stayed at exclusive hotels and even hired a helicopter.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured England World Cup News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:02:23 +0100
Bayer Leverkusen ordered to repay €16m sponsorship money download 1By Mark Baber
October 23 - Wednesday was a great day on the pitch for Bayer Leverkusen as they topped UEFA Champions League Group C after defeating FC Zenit 2-0 in the BayArena. Off the pitch, however, things were not so good as a court ordered the club to repay €16 million of sponsorship money received from electricity company Teldafax which went bust in 2011.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:10:58 +0100
IMG adds MLS and US national teams to its TV sales catalogue TV camerasBy Paul Nicholson
October 23 - IMG has signed an eight year TV and media representation deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) and the national federation, U.S. Soccer, to sell rights outside the US and Canada, The agreement, starts in 2015 and runs through to 2022.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Football Americas World Football News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:27:28 +0100
Greece's Irodotos heavily sanctioned after Ethnikos fan death Kostas Katsoulis coffinOctober 23 - A Greek third division club has been heavily sanctioned following the death of a rival fan last month after being attacked.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:21:44 +0100 Can FIFA legally publish the Garcia corruption report? Writing in LawInSport, Hill Dickinson lawyer Kevin Carpenter examines whether FIFA can legally publish the Garcia report into the allegations of corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. He also looks at the legal position in relation to the publication/confidentiality of the report.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured World Football News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:28:31 +0100 Lennart Johansson career explored in new TV documentary Lennart JohanssonBy David Owen
October 23 – A new TV documentary on the career of former UEFA President Lennart Johansson has been produced by the Swedish company, Mastroc Mediaproduktion.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:35:17 +0100
Prince Ali poised to run for position at the head of the FIFA table Prince Ali bin al HusseinBy Paul Nicholson
October 22 - Latest rumours are that Asia's FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has been persuaded to run for the presidency of FIFA. If confirmed he could be the third candidate prepared to take on current FIFA president Sepp Blatter in his bid for a fifth term at the head of the world governing body.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:12:07 +0100
Gourlay resigns from Chelsea for new challenges Ron GourlayOctober 22 – Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay is leaving the club after 10 years, five of them as chief executive. The split is amicable, Gourlay is said to be leaving to pursue "new business opportunities".]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Premier League News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:35:47 +0100